September 1, 2019
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Brotherly love. Faithfulness. Sacrifice. Respect. Jesus embodied these ideals. As a matter of fact, He has redeemed us by virtue of His perfect embodiment of God's will for us. Looking to Jesus, “the Founder and Perfecter of our faith,” (Heb. 12:2) how would our lives be changed if we began to truly treat each other as Christ treats us?
SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Sat, Sept 7 for worship at 6:30 pm and an introduction to the New Testament portion of the Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend. There will be time to meet with your group for introductions and reconnections. Don’t have a small group? Fill out an interest form and we’ll get you connected with one.
Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers! Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (1st-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.
FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 130 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are accepted at any time. The Pantry will be collecting clothing and new, packaged socks and underwear during the month of September for distribution in October. Please talk to Judy James for more info.
OSLS—Our students have started many extra-curricular activities from sports to band to robotics. We invite all congregation members to attend any event at the school. You can find an updated calendar at www.ourshepherd.org/school-events/ or learn more about the school in our weekly Ram News (email to be added to the mailing). If you would like a physical copy of calendar events or the Ram News, please sign up at the welcome center to have a copy placed in your member mailbox!
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:5b-6). We are blessed to have a network of members who pray for those who have asked for specific prayers for loved ones in need. To participate in the Prayer Chain or send a prayer request, please email habernathy@ ourshepherd.org.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Al & Marian Schafer. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm
New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 25:2-10
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. 3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable. 4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; 5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. 6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great, 7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen 8 do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? 9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
SECOND READING, Hebrews 13:1-17
1Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” 7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 14:1-14
1One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things. 7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”